Report: Lewis meets with Bengals

1-2-03, 11:20 a.m.

BY GEOFF HOBSON

The Bengals, it turned out, wasted no time interviewing their first head coaching candidate. About 24 hours after firing Dick LeBeau on Monday, the Brown family spent much of the day with Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis Tuesday at an unknown spot in Cincinnati.

Lewis told CNN/SI.com Wednesday night before heading on a short vacation that he wasn't sure

if and when there would be another meeting. But the story described Lewis as optimistic and impressed that the Bengals contacted the Redskins before noon Monday, less than three hours after LeBeau was dismissed.

Bengals President Mike Brown wasn't available for comment Thursday morning.

With a Saturday meeting already set up with Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, it's believed the only remaining candidate they have left to contact is former Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin.

Brown didn't set a timetable in place, but he no doubt would like a head coach before heading to Mobile, Ala., Jan. 12 for the Jan. 18 Senior Bowl. During that week, the new head coach could interview prospective staff members in Mobile during a week that is a combination of a college all-star game and job fair.

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